Second Lieutenant Samuel Hatten Field served with the South Lancashire Regiment, 4th Battalion. He died in Flanders Fields on 31 July 1917 aged 20 and is remembered on the Menin Gate (Panel 37) in Ypres, Belgium. He was the son of Mr and Mrs H Field of Tattenhall, Cheshire.
The Menin Gate bears the names of over 54,000 British and Commonwealth men for whom there are no known graves. Every evening at 8pm the population of Ypres honour the courage and self-sacrifice of those men who gave their lives in the offensives against their town. At that precise moment, buglers from the local volunteer Fire Brigade step into the roadway under the Menin Gate Memorial Arch and sound the ‘Last Post’. This tribute and act of daily remembrance is known as ‘The Last Post Ceremony’.
Second Lieutenant Samuel Hatten Field died on the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres when an offensive was mounted by the Commonwealth forces in an attempt to divert German attention from a weakened French front further south. The initial attempt in June to dislodge the Germans from the Messines Ridge was a complete success, but the main assault north-eastward, which began at the end of July, quickly became a dogged struggle against determined opposition and the rapidly deteriorating weather. Since Second Lieutenant Samuel Hatten Field died on 31 July, we can presume that he died at the beginning of this offensive.
Second Lieutenant SAMUEL HATTEN FIELD
4th Bn., South Lancashire Regiment
Died 31 July 1917
Son of Mr and Mrs H Field, Tattenhall, Cheshire
Remembered with honour
MENIN GATE, YPRES, BELGIUM